The World As Seen By a Self-Driving Car

For self-driving cars to work safely, we need better mapsmuch better maps. These maps will not only need to know where the roads are. They'll need to show real-time details as general as traffic patterns and as specific the number of inches to the curb. They'll also need to cover millions of miles worth of road. » 12/15/14 1:55pm 12/15/14 1:55pm

This Is What Happens When You Turn On GPS While Flying

Note that this plane was traveling over 400 MPH. Planes are faster than your car ever will be. Or your phone's navigation function, for that matter. » 12/03/14 5:28pm 12/03/14 5:28pm

Philly Woman Rescued By Cops Thanks To Car Dealer's GPS Device

On Sunday night, 22-year-old Philadelphia resident Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted from her neighborhood in a terrifying kidnapping caught on security camera video. The good news is that she has been found safe and sound, thanks in part to an unlikely police aid. » 11/06/14 12:20pm 11/06/14 12:20pm

​Auto Lenders Are Risking People's Lives With Remote Shut Down Devices

It's the nightmare scenario. Your child is having an asthma attack and you need to rush her to the hospital, but your car won't start. It happened to Mary Bolender, but it wasn't a mechanical issue. Her lender had remotely disabled her car for missing a payment. » 9/25/14 5:13pm 9/25/14 5:13pm

OnStar 'eNav' GPS Is Worse Than Asking Some Rando For Directions

I recently got to experience the OnStar-based eNav "GPS lite" that GM offers to customers too cheap to order the proper map-based navigation. Those people may have saved a few bucks at the dealership, but they're going to pay for the duration of their vehicle ownership with pain and suffering. » 2/13/14 2:15pm 2/13/14 2:15pm

A Hacker Found GPS Data in the Audio of This Police Chase Video

It's incredibly noisy in the cockpit of a helicopter, and you'd assume the sounds you hear in any YouTube police chase video were just the deafening whine of the chopper's engine. But as one hacker discovered, that monotonous drone can actually hide some useful data, like the helicopter's GPS coordinates. » 2/03/14 10:20am 2/03/14 10:20am

Secret GPS Devices Are Latest Repo Tool For Shady Car Dealers

If you have a low opinion of "buy here, pay here" car dealerships thanks to their 20 percent interest loans, bi-monthly payment requirements and aggressive repossession tactics, wait until you hear about their latest strategy for getting cars back from owners who fall behind on payments. » 7/29/13 2:00pm 7/29/13 2:00pm

Five Best Car GPS Units

If you're hitting the road this summer, you probably want a solid GPS with you to make getting to your destination a little easier. Whether you just use your phone or you prefer a stand-alone unit, there are pros and cons to each, and this week we're looking at five of the best, based on your nominations. » 7/28/13 8:00am 7/28/13 8:00am

Why Google Buying Waze Will Keep You Out of Gridlock Hell

As anticipated, Google expanded its burgeoning global empire on Tuesday by buying the Israeli social traffic and mapping service Waze. You might recognize Waze as the GPS app with a soul. Pretty soon you're going to know it as the thing that made your commute bearable once and for all. » 6/11/13 12:44pm 6/11/13 12:44pm

Woman Drives for 900 Miles Instead of 90 Thanks to GPS Error (and Total…

I've read plenty of crazy GPS stories, but this has to be the craziest of them all: a 67-year-old woman drove for 900 miles over the course of two days because of a GPS error combined with her complete lack of attention. Her actual destination was only 90 miles away. » 1/14/13 1:04pm 1/14/13 1:04pm

Banned Top Gear TomTom Is Still The Best GPS... In The World

Remember when Jeremy Clarkson put his amazing celebrity voice onto a TomTom Navigation device? And then the BBC made him scrap the deal because he's not allowed to endorse products? No? Well, Google it then. » 7/29/12 6:00pm 7/29/12 6:00pm

Drunk Woman Blames GPS After Driving Her Buick Into Sand Trap

After launching her Buick Century into a sand trap Monday evening, 46 year old Patricia Maione had a rather interesting explanation. According to the Massachusetts woman it wasn't her alleged state of intoxication to blame for the crash, but a faulty GPS. » 6/23/12 11:00am 6/23/12 11:00am

Secretly Track Anyone Using This Fully-Functional GPS Unit

By all accounts the LiveWire NavGenius is your typical gray-market GPS navigation device, with touchscreen functionality and basic mapping software. But tucked away inside is an extra bit of hardware that lets the unit remotely tattle on its location. » 4/10/12 4:15pm 4/10/12 4:15pm

Where To Look For A GPS Bug On Your Car If You Think You're Being…

Hopefully most of us will go throughout life without being tracked by a GPS bug, but if you're worried that someone may be following your whereabouts with technology there are common places you can look to find the device. Security and investigations expert Brandon Gregg offers up a few suggestions to help you… » 3/15/12 2:15pm 3/15/12 2:15pm

Supreme Court Says Cops Can't GPS Track Your Car Without Warrant

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that because of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure, police must obtain a valid warrant before using a GPS device to track a suspect for an extended period of time. » 1/23/12 4:30pm 1/23/12 4:30pm

China has its own GPS now—and it's better than yours

China is now one step closer to become the top economic and military superpower in the world: their Beidou geo-positioning system is now fully armed and operational. » 12/27/11 1:35pm 12/27/11 1:35pm

Things to do before hitting the road for the holiday

If your travel plans for Thanksgiving involve sitting behind the wheel for a few hours until you get to your destination, there are still a few things you should do before you leave to make sure that you get to your destination quickly and safely. » 11/22/11 11:15am 11/22/11 11:15am

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Bert and Ernie now available for your TomTom: "Turn right onto Sesame…

Move over mustaches, it looks like November belongs to the Muppets this year. They've got a new movie coming out, there's an online movement to have them host the Oscars, and now TomTom has announced a series of Sesame Street voices, starting with Bert and Ernie. » 11/10/11 12:50pm 11/10/11 12:50pm

Why Does This Car's GPS Mock French People?

Stereotypes: vicious, unfair, and hurtful. And perpetrated by malicious onboard guidance systems like this one, which assumes you're a Francophone just because you make the nasally laugh-moan of a Frenchman cliché. You ought to be ashamed of yourself, voiture vilain. » 9/17/11 3:00pm 9/17/11 3:00pm

Supreme Court will decide when feds can follow you with GPS

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case involving a man tracked by the FBI without a warrant for a month with a GPS unit mounted on his car. Lower courts ruled against the feds, but there's one round left. » 6/29/11 10:00am 6/29/11 10:00am